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JackBeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 10:04 AM
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Does anyone here own a Dyson vacuum?
We're about to move into our first home (condo, actually) and are looking to purchase a Dyson. They're quite expensive, so I was wondering if anyone has any experience with them and if they are worth the price.
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 10:06 AM
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1. Had one. It broke within three days...Took us forever to get our money
back and we went back to Oreck. I love our Oreck. I won't be swayed by a snooty guy with an accent ever again. ;) :hi:
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 10:09 AM
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4. !!!!!!!
:loveya:

:* :hug: :hi:
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 10:13 AM
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10. billy!!!
:loveya: :hug: :loveya: :hug: :loveya:
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Puglover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 10:07 AM
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2. I have "The Ball"
And I love it. I despise vacuuming and since I bought it I actually vacuum pretty regularly. I'm not crazy about the hand held part but emptying the actually canister is a breeze.
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JackBeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 10:10 AM
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6. That's what we're looking to buy.
DC15 Ball Total Clean. We have cats and it looks like it can handle pet hair rather effectively. I'm just concerned if it's worth the price or if it's too decadent.
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 10:13 AM
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9. That's the one we returned. We have a cat and a Sheltie and it sucked.
No pun intended. ;)
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sbj405 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 10:08 AM
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3. People either totally love them or totally hate them.
I have the Animal. It definitely picks up more hair and dirt than my other vacuum. There are some annoying features, but I think the benefits outweigh them. That being said my mom got it through her employee discount and it was about half the price of retail. Check amazon for refurbished models. Since a lot of people don't like, I think they get returned a lot.
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 10:09 AM
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5. I've got one. It sucks.
:)
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_testify_ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 10:10 AM
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7. Do you have pets? Do you have a lot of square footage?
My m-i-l has 3 big, shedding dogs, and has tried about every vacuum you can think of. Believe it or not this one is the best:




Less than $50.
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 10:11 AM
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8. I like Fantom vacuums
Had The Lightning, and it was great, especially the canister made to sit on stair risers.

Since I had to leave that vacuum after a major miles move, I bought a new Fantom at K-Mart for just $59. It's an upright and wow! It's great!
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 10:16 AM
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11. I liked our Fantom too.
:hi:

We now use an Oreck but the fantom was a good vacuum. I can't beleive they sell them that cheap now. Maybe I'll get one for backup. :hi:
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 10:26 AM
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12. I was totally surprised at the price, too!
My other Fantom cost somewhere around $200. This new upright is lightweight (not as light as an Oreck... :D) easy to use, and not super loud.
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 11:28 AM
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18. I bought a Fantom from QVC and that thing is a piece
of junk. It doesn't suck dirt, it just blows it out.
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calico1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 10:34 AM
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13. I have the purple "Animal" model.
Edited on Sat Aug-19-06 10:36 AM by calico1
I really like it. I had both a Fantom and a Hoover Windtunnel and both over time lost suction and power no matter how much I tried to clean them. The Dyson is working good as new. I have 5 cats and a dog and this thing is very good at picking up hair. There are some things you have to get used to. For example, when you have it totally upright it will only clean with the wand. You always have to have it slightly tilted for it to clean from the bottom. Also, if you get too close to a wall or sofa or something, it makes this really loud noise that scares my cats (and me!). One good thing I like is that this vacuum does not have bands that can break if you suck up something that would break one in any other vacuum. I don't know how many bands broke with my other vacuums! For me it was worth the money. I have had it now for about 3 years. At the time there was not only a purple vacuum but 3 different models to choose from. Also, Sears is the only place that you can take it to that will repair it if something goes wrong with it. They have a repair contract with Dyson, or at least they were the only ones that did when I got mine so you should check into that if you go shopping around for one. And Sears was also the only place (at least at the time) that sold all 3 models. The one you see at Target is the large one. I got the midrange model that is smaller and lighter. The top of the line model is about the same size as mine but it has 2 extra cleaning attachments. At the time there was about a $60 difference in price between each one.
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JackBeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 10:37 AM
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15. Thanks for all the info.
We're buying on-line from a clearinghouse, of sorts. It comes with a free, 5 year warrenty. I wonder, though, if we could still take it to Sears if something were to break.
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 10:37 AM
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14. We do, and we love it.
We have the DC07 animal and it's the best vaccuum we've ever owned. We bought this one to replace our Oreck. We've had it for about 4 months and have no complaints.
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 10:37 AM
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16. I have one and I love it.
It's the top of the line model that Costco sells. It's awesome.

If you can, get it at Costco. You get a better model for the same money you would spend at Target.
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Dangerously Amused Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 10:49 AM
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17. I have the Dyson animal as well, and I LOVE it.




It sounds like MrsGrumpy had a poorly assembled one and some unfortunate CS to boot, but I've never had a problem with mine.

My Mom has a dog who sheds like crazy, and I have some kitties. I vaccuum both our houses with it, and it picks up animal hair that you can't even see is there, like when it's embedded deep down into the carpet. I love the wand attachment, perfect for getting spiderwebs way up high and reaching into tight spaces. And the extra long cord and extension hose means you can leave the vaccuum at the bottom (or top) of the stairs and still vaccuum all the steps, and not have to carry the whole vaccuum along with you as you go.

I also like that the canister is so easy to empty. Much nicer than the disposable bags as your hands never even get close to the dirt. And you never can't vaccuum because you forgot to pick up vaccuum bags at the store.

I got mine on eBay for about $350 (took a little while watching for a good deal), and shipping brought it to a little under $400. It was definitely worth it, in my opinion.


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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 11:35 AM
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19. I've got one - it's very good
I bought a refurbished one with full warranty for less than half the original price and it's been very good.

Before the Dyson, I bought a couple of cheaper vacuums (like under $100) and they'd fall apart after a few months. So, I figured I'd save money in the long run if I got something more durable. (and, yes, I do all the vacuuming at home - I don't think my wife would know how to switch it on)

It's very easy to use and does an excellent overall job. Though, a few times the roller on the bottom has gotten stuck with too much hair in it - the downside of living with two females with very long straight hair.

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